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Ducey: Flags at half-staff to honor CBP officer killed in Rio Rico crash

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff to honor Customs and Border Protection Officer Edgard Garcia, who was killed in a crash Friday when his car crossed the median of Interstate 19 between Tucson and Nogales.

"Garcia took an oath to defend our country and keep our communities safe. He carried out that oath dutifully and with honor, and for that we are forever grateful," Ducey said. "To honor his life and service, I have ordered flags be lowered to half-staff today."

Garcia, 41, was driving south on I-19 around 5 p.m. when his car crossed the median near Milepost 12, crossed the northbound lanes, and hit a tree, a Department of Public Safety spokesman said.

Garcia, a Nogales resident, was wearing his seatbelt, authorities said.

He had been a CBP employee since 2004.

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